Gallery Wall Inspiration: Small Frames, Smaller Pictures

Gallery Wall Inspiration: Small Frames, Smaller Pictures

Linda Ly
Feb 18, 2014
(Image credit: Henny van Belkom for Anthology)

Gallery walls often conjure up visions of floor-to-ceiling walls filled with large, matted artwork in heavy, expensive frames. But if you're short on space and budget, it's easy to scale back without losing the visual impact of a gallery wall.

Issue 14 of Anthology magazine features the Netherlands home of Sjoukje van Laer-Verkoulen and Gijs Verkoulen, and their eclectic gallery wall — with not a single picture over postcard size — is one of our favorite things about the couple's house.

Assembling a gallery out of smaller (and less expensive) prints like 4x6 photos, wallet-sized photos, photo booth strips, and Instagram prints not only gives those keepsakes a more prominent place outside of a traditional album, it also simplifies the process of finding frames to fit them. You can forego those economical white IKEA frames and budget-blowing custom frames in favor of charming, personalized frames just waiting to be found at flea markets, thrift shops, and even chain stores like Target and Cost Plus. And, it's always easy to replace, remove, or add a frame without fear of "ruining" your gallery layout.

What do you think of this look? Fun and sentimental, or too cluttered for a small space?

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